Householders Asbestos Disposal Scheme for NSW

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Date: 01-Aug-14
Author: Ryan Collins

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has awarded $781,000 to 24 local government areas to participate in the Householders Asbestos Disposal Scheme. This trial will run for 12 months, until July 2015, to minimise the burden on householders who want to do the right thing with their asbestos waste.

The scheme will trial cheaper and easier disposal for small amounts of wrapped bonded asbestos from home renovators. The NSW EPA will waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in trial areas to assess whether there is change in illegal dumping incidents.

Asbestos is best known for its use as insulation and as a building material found in many older properties. Asbestos is classed as a hazardous material and can only be disposed of at certain locations.

This trial is funded by the EPA's program to reduce illegal dumping under the $465 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative and is one of 21 actions identified in the EPA's Illegal Dumping Strategy.

The participating councils are Kempsey; Shoalhaven; Wagga Wagga; North East Waste including: Ballina; Byron; Clarence Valley; Kyogle; Lismore; Richmond Valley; Tweed; Kogarah; Rockdale; Hurstville; Sutherland; Willoughby; Auburn; Blacktown; Hawkesbury; Holroyd; Hills Shire; Liverpool; Parramatta; Penrith; and Fairfield.

Asbestos remains a regularly searched for material on Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou.com.au.

Businesses can find disposal options at BusinessRecycling.com.au.

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